Happy World Turtle Day!
Today we highlight the common snapping turtle, which has a large, long neck; massive head; and powerful, hooked, beaklike jaw. In the wild, it can reach 45 pounds. Its tail is as long as its relatively plain shell, which is brown, olive gray or black. Unlike other turtles, it cannot completely retreat into its shell for protection, but it compensates by having powerful jaws.
Snapping turtles can live in most bodies of waters, especially shallow, mud-bottomed backwaters and ponds with aquatic vegetation. They usually lay buried in the mud with their eyes and nostrils exposed. Being omnivores, snappers eat invertebrates, carrion, aquatic plants, fish, birds and small mammals.
Learn more about turtles native to DuPage County at dupageforest.org
Visit downtown St. Charles to view the more than 60 Adirondak chairs adorned by local businesses or residents for the Downtown St. Charles Partnership's 'chair-ity' event. Some of the chairs will be up for auction with bidding opening the first week of June. .